Monday, May 29, 2017

Belated Birthday Wishes

I know it'll surprise you, but I have some belated cards to send out. Now, do I not own a calendar? I do. Do we not keep the birthdays listed for each month? We do. Do I not make the cards I send out? Why, yes, I do. Then how, do you suppose, can I never get them out on time?!

Here are a couple I have to send TOMORROW for April birthdays. Yikes. And my sister is having a birthday tomorrow and her card still needs to be written in and mailed. I am perhaps slow, but I am sincere. That phrase should be a stamp!


This card uses great map paper from a 6x6 pad...I'll have to look for that to add it here. The greeting is heat embossed in gold on clear embossed black paper. I used a swirl and clear powder. It makes the greeting a little rougher looking than normal, but I like the texture. I added two strips of washi and rounded the card corner.


This card uses a journaling card and the matte adhesive dots from Doodlebug Design, I'm loving these matte dots. There were already colored dots on the paper notes, but a little dimension never hurt anyone.

That's it for today. Stay tuned for further belated birthday cards, including my sister's. :)

Happy Monday!
Chark


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Graduations Galore

I've never had a graduation glut like this year...it's so funny, if I had thought about it, I might have been prepared, but graduation season snuck up on me anyway. 

So today, I have lots of grad cards to share...settle in, you're going to be here awhile. The glitter cap is a decoration from my daughter's graduation last year. I used it to trace and cut out a couple more.







Congrats to my niece, Danielle, graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Congrats to my niece, Allison, graduating from high school, Congrats to my nephew, Sam, high school grad, Congrats to my daughter's boyfriend, Jason, Ohio State grad, Congrats to our family friend, Ryan, high school grad and son of our best man, Rodney. Whew! Enjoy the new adventure and congratulations on your accomplishments.

If you have a "surprise" graduation, here's a couple of free clip art pieces to help you out.



Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Chark




Monday, May 22, 2017

Fun Journey

Since it's vacation season almost (summer break is almost here!), thought I'd share a journey card I made for the Birthday Bash Monica Taylor is having over at her TaylorMadeCards4U blog here. The mood board is below and I thought of the Hero Arts Vintage Travel digital stamps I have. I love that cathedral, but I don't have anything that would work for that. Note to self: search for cathedral stamps.



I printed off the car and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. Then I added 4 papers from Pretty Little Studios. I used some Salty Ocean Distress Ink on the edges and for a final touch I added copper stickers (lines) and a little metal word embellishment from Making Memories from my stash.



Here's a little close-up, where you can see the copper lines better. If you want to join in the Vintage Journey fun at Taylor Made Cards 4 U, just click here to see the board and rules and link up. It's Monica's birthday, so stop by and say Happy Birthday if you get a minute!


As for me, I'm looking forward to sleeping in, heading to Minnesota and some quality family time! Bring on the summer journey!

Happy Monday!
Chark





Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flowers for Mom

Just thought I'd pop in with the Mother's Day card I made for my mom this year. I used the digital flower set from Hero Arts (available at a2z Scrapbooking for $2.99) and printed it out and colored with Tombow markers. I glittered it up with my trusty Stickles and added a doily and sequins. The leaves were just some random die cuts I had.



The photo is of my mom when she was 17 and taken at Lake Erie. We also have a pic of my husband's parents on this moon taken at Buckeye Lake. So, apparently the moon made the rounds in the 1950s.



I've cropped the photo above, but wanna see what's on my kitchen counter beside the card and pic? It's my Weeble from the Ranch Playset and a bowl made by my daughter filled with rocks from my kids. What mom doesn't get a rock collection from her kids? It's a very-mom-thing to have.


Here's the 70s Ranch in its full glory. I loved that thing, especially the Weeble Horse. My older sister, Julie, used to come by when I had this all set up and say, "tornado!" and wipe it all out. That was a very older-sister-thing to do. Luckily, William here (Bill for short) survived the onslaught and still lives with me.



Happy Thursday, friends!
Chark

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chocolate Chip Day

Wahoo! It's National Chocolate Chip Day...now that's a day I can get behind. Although I love the classic chocolate chip cookies, I like crunchy Wookiee Cookies too and I will eat chocolate chip waffles, chocolate chips on ice cream and stick them in my banana bread recipes. Just like this one. Yum!


And if you can't trust yourself with a whole batch of cookies, you can make a mug cookie for one. 


And even though the story about the origin of chocolate chips as we know them is that Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, substituted chopped chocolate for melted and hoped that would work for her cookies, chances are she actually did it on purpose, knowing they wouldn't melt. Because she wasn't a novice and had always melted the chocolate previously, she should've know chopped would stay chunky...at least according to Mental Floss. 

At any rate, it was a great idea and even greater when Nestle made them available for sale in 1940 in chip form. One of my favorite breakfasts is a chocolate chip Eggo waffle with peanut butter and a couple of mini Nestle chips, along with a yogurt. 

How do you like your chocolate chips? Cookie form, ice cream form or straight from the bag? Or maybe just in crafty form like these adorable stamps from Lawn Fawn. Isn't this card from Elena Roussakis/Lawn Fawn sooo cute?


One of my favorite kids' books is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It came out when my daughter was little and I found the illustrations adorable and the story so cute. Then when she was in 8th grade, Colleen got to star as the boy (well, girl) in the story in a local theatre production. It was adorable too.


And here's my last chocolate chip recipe. Forgotten Kisses is sooo good. I use mini morsels and love how they turn out. And you leave them in the oven overnight, how interesting is that?


Happy Monday!
Chark





Friday, May 12, 2017

Halloween in May

I was working on some Halloween projects for possible publication (you know they work in advance, so I'm always off-schedule) even though I probably ought to be focused on graduation cards right now. But here's a peek at one thing I'm working on...171 days in advance. 

I got these chipboard houses from Alpha Stamps. They have some amazing designers who I could never imitate, but they do inspire me. I also took inspiration from Stephen King and his haunted hotel in Colorado. I have a love/hate relationship with Stephen King and his books. They are scary, so I hate them...but they're good, so I love them. I haven't read one in many years, but I will admit The Shining was the scariest thing I've ever read and I had to read it outside in the daylight. ha!


See my creepy twins? This is a historical (or "an historical") photo I printed on vellum paper so you could see through them to the wallpaper. They're just little ghosts who want to play with you. Why won't you play with them?


Many of these elements are from the collage sheets at Alpha Stamps too. But the bottles are a 3-D Halloween sticker.

Happy Friday,
Chark